The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) and the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI) have urged the Executive and Parliament to consider extending the tenure of existing Assemblies until the next District Level Elections are held.
According to the two governance bodies, the move will help avert crisis in local government and ensure the legitimacy and continuous operation of the Assemblies.
The suggestion was contained in a statement released by the two governance think tanks on Wednesday. They also urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to work expeditiously with Parliament to enact an appropriate CI to govern the next District Level Elections.
“The government and the EC should as soon as possible agree and announce a new date for the next District Level Elections which we advise should be held in the shortest possible time,” the statement said.
According to IDEG and CFI, all the resources required to strengthen the EC to enable it to effectively conduct the next District Level Elections and to also manage its leadership transition while it prepares well for the 2016 elections should be effectively mobilised and disbursed expeditiously.
The statement urged all stakeholders – Government, political parties, civil society organisations to maintain a high level of vigilance to ensure that the EC is operationally effective, professional and impartial in the delivery of its core mandate.
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